Better directors and writers than John Hughes died relatively young, but when he kicked it last August, the rash of tributes was overwhelming. Yes, the man wrote and directed some of the best movies of the 1980s, but he also produced some of the most excessively sentimentalized crap of a fairly crappy decade. But if you’re wistful for the Brat Pack, then the Brat Pack you shall have for the next two weeks as AFI Silver turns its summer-long ’80s retrospective to the chronicler of Shermer, Ill. Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and, unavoidably, The Breakfast Club will all be in heavy rotation if you need your dose of Abe Froman sausages or Molly Ringwald in various states of virginal angst. Sadly, AFI left Hughes’ best work off its calendar. If you were hoping for the gleeful idiocy of National Lampoon’s Vacation or Planes, Trains and Automobiles, then in the words of Edie McClurg, you’re fucked.
PRETTY IN PINK SHOWS AT 7:30 P.M. AND SIXTEEN CANDLES SHOWS AT 9:30 P.M. AT AFI SILVER THEATRE, 8633 COLESVILLE RD., SILVER SPRING, MD. $6-$10. (301) 495-6700.